Prevent Blindness Declares Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week as June 28-July 4 to Educate on the Dangers of Fireworks

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:26 PM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has declared June 28-July 4, 2022 as the Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, to help educate the public on the dangers of fireworks. During the week, Prevent Blindness will post messages on its various social media channels, as well as offer free shareable materials including fact sheets and social media graphics. Prevent Blindness has also issued its own Fireworks Position Statement, according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Signet Armorlite Introduces Kodak Lens Smiles

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:23 PM Signet Armorlite, the exclusive provider of Kodak Lenses, has launched Kodak Lens Smiles, a new two year program for independent eyecare providers to increase their practice revenues. “Kodak Lens Smiles is a program exclusively for independent ECPs to deliver a personal, professional and memorable experience to their patients buying Kodak progressive lenses,” said Samar Shamieh, Signet Armorlite’s senior marketing manager. Signet Armorlite will support these efforts by offering practices its full suite of tools that provide incredible value to practices. Practices signing up to receive all the tools offered in the Kodak Lens Smiles program can receive benefits valued up to $15,000. Read More

United Airlines Cuts Flights Out of Newark to Improve On-Time Performance

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Friday, June 24, 2022 5:55 PM After the last few weeks of irregular operations in Newark, caused by many factors including airport construction, we reached out to the FAA and received a waiver allowing us to temporarily adjust our schedule there for the remainder of the summer.

Transitions Appoints Mathieu Arsenault as Channel Marketing Manager, Canada

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Friday, June 24, 2022 4:08 PM Transitions Optical Canada has announced the hire of Mathieu Arsenault as channel marketing manager, Canada. In this role, Arsenault will oversee responsibilities including developing and implementing key account marketing strategies that align with retailers and partners in Canada to build the Transitions business and many more leading key initiatives.

Digital Audio Gains Larger Share of U.S. Digital Media Time, Research Firm Says

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Friday, June 24, 2022 3:52 PM NEW YORK—Digital audio has been taking up more than an hour per day of U.S. adults’ time since 2016, and 2022 will be another year of solid growth. U.S. adults will consume an additional 3 minutes per day of digital audio this year, to reach 1 hour and 40 minutes. Among active digital audio listeners, the daily figure will be a robust 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Indeed, digital audio will account for 12.7 percent of overall media time among U.S. adults. Within digital media time, audio’s share will be 20.3 percent—a high figure compared with many alternative digital options, according to the eMarketer analysis.

Adults will spend more time each day listening to digital audio (1:40) than they will watching sub OTT services (1:27), using social networks (1:15), using tablets (1:09), or watching videos on their smartphones (0:40), according to the eMarketer report. 

Listening to digital audio is also more popular than listening to the radio, although radio retains a significant share of audio time spent. This year, nearly 55 percent of total audio time will be spent on digital platforms (1:40), while the remaining 45 percent (1:23) will be spent with traditional radio. Digital first exceeded radio in 2020 and has only grown its share since. 

Radio will still account for 10.5 percent of all media time among U.S. adults in 2022—"not a small figure,” according to eMarketer.

COVID Tests for Blind and Low Vision Americans

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Friday, June 24, 2022 11:20 AM Last week, the Biden administration announced a series of new at-home COVID tests with more accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. These tests will be available through covidtests.gov, and require access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and an iOS or Android app. Head over to CNN to learn more. 

Insta-Pick for 6-25-22

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Jackson Davenport's Tweet for 6-25-22

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Versant Health's Tweet for 6-25-22

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WeShareIt 6-25-22

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Friday, June 24, 2022 8:10 AM This fun, personalized reusable cup is a great way to up your water intake—or a fun way to drink your daily iced coffee. You can purchase it and personalize it on Etsy here. #WeShareIt

Vaccines Prevented Nearly 20 Million COVID Deaths in First Year

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Friday, June 24, 2022 7:58 AM Vaccinations prevented nearly 20 million deaths from COVID-19 in 185 countries and territories in the first 12 months the shots were available, a mathematical modeling study calculates.

Pandemic Increased Burnout Among Academic Medical Faculty

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Friday, June 24, 2022 7:53 AM Already high levels of physician burnout climbed even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic as academic medical faculty faced increased demands on their time, both at work and at home, according to a new report.

Prevent Blindness Declares Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week as June 28-July 4 to Educate on the Dangers of Fireworks

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Friday, June 24, 2022 12:27 AM Prevent Blindness declares Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, AAOF announces BRIGHT IDEAS Pitch Competition, ECP’s gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says, Optometry’s Meeting completes four-day run in Chicago, and CVS Health will exit the in-store optical business all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Prevent Blindness Declares Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week as June 28-July 4 to Educate on the Dangers of Fireworks

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has declared June 28-July 4, 2022 as the Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, to help educate the public on the dangers of fireworks. During the week, Prevent Blindness will post messages on its various social media channels, as well as offer free shareable materials including fact sheets and social media graphics. Prevent Blindness has also issued its own Fireworks Position Statement,  according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness.

SightGlass Vision Spectacles Control Myopia Progression for Six- and Seven-Year-Olds, According to New Data Analysis

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Friday, June 24, 2022 12:21 AM PALO ALTO, CALIF.—Analysis of 24-month interim data from the pivotal “Cypress” clinical trial is offering increased hope for controlling myopia progression among young children, according to an announcement Thursday.